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Supply chain issues and growth concerns collided at the January 18 meeting of the Horseshoe Bay City Council, which granted license extensions to builders but rejected a request to increase the number of homes speculative properties that can be built at the same time.

Builders of single and multi-family homes, renovations and swimming pools received a 60-day extension on building permits already issued by the City of Horseshoe Bay or in the process of being issued on January 19.

The extension was granted due to supply chain issues that have plagued the country, said Sally McFeron, director of city development services.

Mayor Cynthia Clinesmith said city leaders are “trying to be sensitive to that fact.”

“We are also sensitive to people who have been living next to houses that have been under construction for three years,” she said. “We visited our builders and asked them, ‘Can you build in that time?’ ‘Yes we can.’ Sometimes life happens.

Executives noted that if builders can complete a house or pool in the next 18 to 24 months, the extension won’t matter.

“(Now) builders are delaying permits until they have everything,” McFeron said. “Some who applied 18-24 months ago, it blew up in their face.”

IN OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS: Vice President and President of Horseshoe Bay Resort Ron Mitchell (left) and CEO Douglas Jaffe (right) each received proclamations from the Town of Horseshoe Bay for their “vision, expertise and leadership”. The honors were presented by Mayor Cynthia Clinesmith (second from left) and Pro-Tem Mayor Elsie Thurman at the regular city council meeting on January 18. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The council also denied a request for an exception to the city’s speculative real estate policy, which limits builders to building two homes at a time on 61.2 acres of residential development located at Texas 71 and FM 2147 in Horseshoe Bay West. Ty Cunningham of Toll Brothers has asked council to allow the company to build 16 speculative houses at a time and 10 townhouses simultaneously in four different phases.

Clinesmith noted that she had been able to see some of the homes the company built in Liberty Hill and Austin, adding that they were “beautiful products.” But, she noted, the city has more than 35 registered builders who all want to build more than two homes at a time. With 280 homes under construction, 10,000 lots and 7,000 buildable lots, city leaders must ensure water and sanitation systems and roads are in place for growth, she said. .

Clinesmith also encouraged Toll Brothers to consider adding amenities within the development such as parks, courts, and a clubhouse that other subdivisions have built for their residents.

City Manager Jeff Koska said Toll Brothers’ next move is to re-examine and pursue “something that’s not a burden on the city and create amenities on what they want to attract and what makes Horseshoe Bay enjoyable and unique.”

“We try to make sure that we don’t exceed the capacity of our resources,” he said. “We want to make sure we are ahead of growth. This concerns all city services. The council listens to the expectations of the community.

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